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Up Pompeii (1971)

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uppompeii3Frankie Howerd dons a toga here for a film version of his TV series based on the life of Roman slave Lurcio.

Lurcio manages to get his hands on a scroll containing the names of the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero – a document that causes him no end of trouble.

He also has to contend with organising his master’s orgy and the eruption of a nearby volcano.

Unfortunately, the blatantly obvious Carry On-style formula (the film is based on an idea by Carry On screenwriter Talbot Rothwell, and series regular Bernard Bresslaw features in the cast) only works sporadically.

There’s more interest in trying to put names to the plethora of familiar British faces in the cast, among them Patrick Cargill as Nero and Michael Hordern as the unfortunate Ludicrus Sextus.

Lurcio
Frankie Howerd
Nero
Patrick Cargill
Ludicrus
Michael Hordern
Ammonia
Barbara Murray
Bilius
Lance Percival
Prosperus
Bill Fraser
Scrubba
Adrienne Posta
Voluptua
Julie Ege
Gorgo
Bernard Bresslaw
Nausius
Royce Mills
Erotica
Madeline Smith
Cassandra
Rita Webb
Odius
Ian Trigger
Villanus
Aubrey Woods
Priest
Hugh Paddick
Flavia
Laraine Humphreys
MC
Roy Hudd

Director
Bob Kellett

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